This week we got some surprising news from Jodi Picoult. After publishing 19 books with Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, the mega-bestselling author is moving to Ballantine, an imprint of Random House.
According to Publishers Marketplace, Picoult said (of Ballantine), "I'm energized by their enthusiasm and their plan for my future," and "I am also indebted to the wonderful friends I've made at Atria/Emily Bestler Books, whose hard work and dedication built me the wide readership I have today."
I already told you a little bit about Picoult's next novel, which will be published by Atria. It's called The Storyteller and it comes out on February 26, 2013. It sounds like this is going to be a classic Picoult drama—the kind that makes you weigh multiple sides of a complicated issue. In this case: Can a man who has become beloved in a community gain forgiveness after he reveals something horrible from his past? Do good deeds make up for heinous acts a person committed many years ago?
Picoult has also tweeted some hints about her 2014 book. In the name of research, she has spent the day with Chip Coffey, a professional psychic and medium. Any ideas of what this one might be about?
By the way, Picoult's most recent book, Between the Lines, went on sale on June 26. Co-written with her daughter, Samantha van Leer, the novel is a fairy tale for teens. BookPage interviewed the mother and daughter for our July issue; read the conversation here.